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I'm rewatching "Stranger Things" right now... And the way the credits mix serif and sans-serif fonts is REALLY bugging me.

Anyone know if there's a generally accepted server model for gopher-over-tls? What client support looks like?

Been tooling around both the web and gopherspace. I've found a couple of projects/POCs, but no information about implementing anything in production, or client support.

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the open nature of the fedi makes asking about specific things feel weird when you're used to a forum setting for that

on a forum you get structure and road signs that tells you exactly where you need to be for the thing you're looking for

on fedi you slide your house window open and yell your question thru a bullhorn

a fox trotting down the sidewalk at 4:20 in the morning yells back the answer

Remember: Mastodon moves more slowly than Twitter (network-wide conversations seem to have a much longer tail), and there's no algorithm to suggest people/toots to you (overall I think this makes interactions/relationships more stable, but it does raise the barrier to entry).

It took me a few months before I started to find my home timeline consistently interesting. But now that it's there I find the discussions I have/read on Mastodon far more rewarding than what I have on Twitter these days.

4. Finally, look for who boosts/favs/follows you, take a look at their personal timeline, and give them a follow if they look interesting.

This approach probably works best if your a prolific/interesting poster... Which I'm not. But even so, this is how I've found some of my favorite off-instance people.

3. Twitter is a mess, but that doesn't mean you have to throw the baby out with the bath water. Use to find folks you know on Twitter over here. If you see anyone and think "I really miss their tweets", give them a follow.

Don't be surprised if most of the accounts you find this way are dormant. But some won't be, and those tend to be worth it.

(This is how I discovered, one of my favorite non instances.)

2. Boosts are your friend! Whenever I see a toot boosted that I find interesting, I click through to look at that person's profile. If they have a good number of interesting toots in their personal timeline, I give them a follow.

This approach becomes particularly useful once you find a couple of folks who reliably boost other people you find interesting.

1. In the beginning, I spent a lot of time on the global timeline. Yes, it's kinda a dumpster fire initially, but it becomes more useful as you build up more off-instance followers. Signal-to-noise is never great, but it's a place to start.

Follow anyone who says a couple of interesting things, or who otherwise looks interesting. You'll probably unfollow a lot of them within a few weeks, but it helps improve the off-instance signal-to-noise.

I feel like I've seen a couple of recent conversations here ( about how to find people off-instance to follow.

I personally have the opposite problem (I follow a lot more folks off-instance than on-instance), so I thought it might be worth sharing some how I found interesting conversations on other instances.

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The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.

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In keeping with yesterday's pinecone post, maybe I should start a pixelfed called "pretty stuff in sidewalk cracks."

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the best story of the year snuck in at the end 🐺

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Anyone have experience setting up Nextcloud as a personal file/CalDAV/CardDAV server? Is a Raspberry Pi a good choice? Any good guides? Common gotchas?

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Interesting historical factoids 

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I'm working on finishing outbound following (ie: following a pleroma/mastodon user from pixelfed).

If you run an instance, please join #pixelfed on freenode for instructions on how to fix existing remote follows.

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Refactor Camp

Mastodon instance for attendees of Refactor Camp, and members of various online/offline groups that have grown out of it. Related local groups with varying levels of activity exist in the Bay Area, New York, Chicago, and Austin.

Kinda/sorta sponsored by the Ribbonfarm Blogamatic Universe.

If you already know a few people in this neck of the woods, try and pick a handle they'll recognize when you sign up. Please note that the registration confirmation email may end up in your spam folder, so check there. It should come from administrator Zach Faddis.